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Devonshire Freemasons help the deaf secure vital funding

Thursday, 08 July 2021

Freemasons from Devonshire have stepped in to help secure vitla funding for the Deaf Academy

Sylvan Dewing, Principal of the Deaf Academy said: 'We are a unique provision in the UK, offering young people with a range of different abilities and challenges – all of whom are Deaf or have hearing loss – a fantastic place to learn and grow. Our vision is to see Deaf people valued by themselves and their  society, being confident, well educated, independent, able to communicate, and with good and appropriate employment and housing.'

Having moved from a city centre campus in Exeter in 2020 which was dated and sprawling, the Academy is now based in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth in a purpose built complex. They requested help in funding the AV equipment required in their theatre/hall space to help develop the student's confidence and sign language skills.

Devon Freemasons were pleased to assist with a grant of £2500 from the Provincial Benevolent fund and this has allowed some match-funding to be obtained. This is in addition to previous grants totalling £33,380 from the Freemasons. 

Head of the Freemason’s in Devon Ian Kingsbury said : 'The Deaf Academy does such a worthwhile job in changing the lives of so many young people not just in Devon, but also in the wider UK, we’re very happy to support it when we can.'

Presenting the cheque to the Academy was Ian Kingsbury, accompanied by Charity Steward Reuben Ayres.